The Betty Howard Coal Miner’s Memorial Theater is located in the town of Benham, Kentucky in northern Harlan County. Benham is a former company town built by Wisconsin Steel subsidiary International Harvester in the 1910s and 1920s.
The theater was built by the coal company in 1921. Over the years as with many coal company towns, the theater and other buildings fell into disrepair. Benham, however is a great success story of preservation and rejuvenation. On July 21, 1983 the theater along with most of the other buildings surviving in Benham were placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
That includes the theater. The town sought for private funding to restore the theater. In December of 2006 the theater was re-dedicated.
This building serves as the United States Post Office for Williamson, West Virginia. As you can read on the building, it also once served as the home of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia until 1936. The building was completed in 1928.
The First National Bank of Iaeger was founded in 1918 in the McDowell County town of Iaeger.
The First National Bank Of Iaeger in West Virginia printed $287,830 dollars worth of national currency. That is a pretty standard output. However, some types of currency from this bank could still be rare. This national bank opened in 1918 and stopped printing money in 1930, which equals a 13 year printing period. That is actually quite brief in terms of bank existence. During its life, The First National Bank Of Iaeger issued 4 different types and denominations of national currency.
Newhall is the southernmost community in McDowell County and the last community you come to before crossing into Tazewell County and Virginia along state route 16.
Newhall is located about 5 miles southeast of the city of War. The Newhall post office was placed on a 2011 list of US Post Office locations slated to close over the coming years.
Snow isnt a rarity here in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. In fact there is a pretty good chance you will see some of the stuff from late October all the way to late April around here. It is however a rarity that we get big snows….This last storm, Jonas was the third in the past 11 months to dump more than a foot on the bluegrass state. Thats pretty astonishing, and pretty rad for snow lovers for sure. These are a few of the photos Ive taken around the house since the storm hit, seeing as how my cars are still stuck in the driveway and probably will be for a few more days….Im getting a touch of cabin fever. Enjoy.
I have been out at the lake with my fuji instax wide film camera today and I am very excited to share the results. If you are thinking of diving into the instant camera arena I cant suggest this camera enough. You can find them fairly cheap now and the film isnt that bad either. The results are fantastic. Enjoy.